The 666 Symbol
Why was the number 666 used as a
symbol of the Antichrist?
Dr. David R. Reagan
There are three good reasons this number was used.
The first is the fact that in the Scriptures, the number
of Man is 6 because Man was created on the sixth day. In
contrast, the number of God is 7 because it represents
completion and perfection, since on the seventh day of
creation, God rested from His work which He declared to
be good or perfect.
Now, in the Hebrew language, superlatives are
expressed by repeating the word or phrase, the ultimate
being its repetition three times. Thus, when Isaiah saw
the Lord lifted up and exalted in the Temple, he heard
Seraphim singing, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of
hosts" (Isaiah 6:1-3). The number 666 therefore
represents the number of Man carried to its zenith.
The use of this number is most appropriate because
during the Tribulation Satan will work to exalt his man,
the Antichrist, as the world's Messiah. Further, on the
earth at that time there will be a demonic trinity who
will represent the Humanistic aspirations of Man - Satan
masquerading as God, the Antichrist pretending to be the
Messiah, and the False Prophet mimicking the role of the
Holy Spirit by pointing people to the false Messiah.
The second reason the number 666 is used is because
of its symbolism in Jewish thinking. The Bible tells us
that in the year in which King Solomon received 666
talents of gold, he turned his back on God and became
obsessed with women, horses, and money (1 Kings 10:14
and 2 Chronicles 9:13). Thus, in Jewish history, the
number 666 came to stand for apostasy.
The third reason the number is used is related to the
fact that in both Hebrew and Greek, the letters of the
alphabet also stand for numbers. This makes it possible
to add up a numerical value for every name. The
Antichrist's name will add up to 666 in either Greek or
Hebrew (or perhaps both) and will thus be an expression
of the ultimate apostasy - presenting one's self as a
substitute for the real Messiah.